Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani Monday called Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a "murderer" and "maniac" who should not be allowed to speak at the United Nations.
Reacting to Ahmadinejad's statements on arriving in New York about wanting to see the destruction of Israel, Giuliani called it "an outrage" the Iranian leader was even allowed to enter the United States, saying, "This is a man who is determined to become a nuclear power."
"I mean, he's obviously a killer, a murderer, I think a maniac, someone who has announced over and over again that he wants to see the destruction of the state of Israel. In many ways, he'd like to see the destruction of the United States of America," Giuliani added.
Ahmadinejad is scheduled to speak to the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, which Giuliani noted with some anger also happens to be Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, the most important day of the Jewish year.
"It just shows the lack of sensitivity to . . . . what's going on and the total lack of concern about the state of Israel," Giuliani said.
But he added that what concerns him is the Obama administration is "not preventing" Iran from becoming a nuclear power because of what he called President Barack Obama's "cavalier attitude about it."
"Frankly, I don't think is very high on the president's agenda," he said, adding that Obama "seems to completely miss the real danger of a nuclear Iran."
"If they have nuclear material that they can hand to these 20 or 30 terrorist groups that they are presently sponsoring, we could very easily have a dirty bomb go off in London, New York, Los Angeles, Washington," Giuliani continued.
"And then the Iranian government will do what they did about their  plot to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador [to the U.S.], which the president seems to have ignored also, at least in terms of any kind of definitive response. They'll just lie about it."
Giuliani, a strong supporter of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, also criticized the president for suggesting in a CBS "60 Minutes" interview that the recent anti-American violence in the Middle East is just "a bump in the road" as the United States struggles with its own policy toward the region in the wake of the Arab Spring.
"This is an outrageous statement," Giuliani declared. "But it's beyond just being a mistake. It indicates the fact that the president has a different priority for what's going on in the Middle East and what I think the priorities should be."
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"I think when the president captured [Osama] bin Laden . . . I think he thought he had defeated al-Qaida," Giuliani continued. "And he said he was going to move on to Asia now.
"Well, we can't move on. We can't move on because there are thousands and thousands of people in [the Middle East] that want to kill us."
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